Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist
Learn More & Earn More
We know it’s important to you to provide your clients with care that truly makes a difference. As an Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist, you will learn more skills to provide exceptional care in complex settings.
You’ll also strengthen the relationship between you and your client, advance your caregiving career and receive a raise in pay — an extra $0.50 an hour.
You’ll get paid to build your essential caregiving soft skills, with just one day a week in class plus online learning. Examples of topics include: problem-solving, de-escalation, treatment and care plans, medication management and health literacy and client engagement.
See the full curriculum.
70 hours of advanced learning
You will earn your normal wage while in the Skills Lab
Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll get a $0.50/hour raise
Learn both in a classroom setting and online
In order to participate, you must be eligible for the training. Please review the eligibility requirements before signing up.
Ready to Get Started?
What Happens After I Sign Up?
STEP 1: Signing up is the first of four steps.
STEP 2: Your eligibility for the program will be confirmed, and your client will be contacted to confirm eligibility as well.
STEP 3: You will be contacted about registration for a class near you.
STEP 4: After you pass, and you’ll become a certified Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist and earn $0.50 more an hour.
The Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist Program is designed for caregivers who are working with people who have complex needs. Home care aides and clients enroll in this pilot program together.
- Have completed Basic Training.
- Have 600 cumulative career hours.
- Must be receiving person in-home care from HCS or DDA.
- Has high or complex needs as defined by DSHS.
To be eligible, your client must:
- Be receiving personal in-home care from HCS or DDA
- Meet at least one of the following two sets of criteria
- Be receiving Medicaid Health Home Services, have a PRISM Risk Score of 1.5 or greater upon enrollment, and have received a Health Action Plan and/or
- Have a CARE Behavior Score of 12 or above and have a Behavior Support Plan (or agree to accept a behavior support plan within 2 months of the provider competing training)
To be eligible, you must:
- Be an individual provider with a current or future authorization
- Be providing personal in-home care to an eligible client
- Have 600 or more Cumulative Care Hours
- Meet at least one of the following sets of criteria
- Have one of the following certifications (RN, LPN, NAC, HM, ARNP, OSPI) and/or
- Be exempt due to employment history and/or
- Have completed a qualifying Basic Training regimen
For a full list of eligibility requirements, click here.
For any questions not included below, please call the Member Resource Center at 1.866.371.3200.
What do I do for my client when I’m in class?
There are several options for making sure your client’s needs are met while you’re in class:
Option 1: Case Manager
Your client can contact their case manager to ask about temporary substitute care.*
Their case manager may be aware of another care provider that can fill in for you when you’re attending class.
Option 2: Friends and Family
Decide if informal, friends-and-family support may work for this short period of time.
Because the class happens one day a week, for only four to six hours of class, you or your client may be able to arrange for help from friends and family while you attend class.
Option 3: Referral Registry
You can help your client find temporary substitute care for the one day a week that you’re in class.*
Your client can use the Home Care Referral Registry if they are receiving Medicaid, COPES, or CFC services. They can arrange for “relief” or “back-up” caregiving by simply clicking on the area of the state that they live and calling the local number listed. Or, they can skip the website and call 1-800-970-5456 to arrange for care.
Option 4: Flexible Scheduling
Choose the day of the week that works best for you and your client.
Advanced Training requires one day a week in the classroom, but one class might schedule all Fridays for in-class time, while another may schedule all Saturdays (for example). Find a class that has in-class time on a day that works best for you and your client.
Remember: in-class time is limited to one day a week, and classes are only four to six hours in length. The rest of the training happens online, and you get to choose which time works best for you.
*Please contact your case manager to talk more about substitute care and how this may impact care hours and your pay.
Why is there a $0.50 raise after the training is completed?
Advanced Training students build on their Basic Training and when Advanced Training is completed graduates have 105 hours to 145 hours total training. This is a significant investment in training. Advanced Home Care Aide Specialists are also working with clients who require a more complex level of care, and therefore require more caregiving skills. These increases in skills and knowledge are reflected the wage differential.
The pay raise for Advanced Training used to be $0.25. I took the training before; do I still get a $0.50 raise?
Yes. Starting July 1st, 2017, the pay raise for people who complete Advanced Training is $0.50. Those who took the training and completed it before July 1st, 2017, will still receive the $0.50 raise.
What do I have to do to receive the $0.50 raise?
Your pay will be automatically adjusted after you complete and pass the course. You do not need to take action to receive the pay raise.
When do I get paid for the training?
You’ll get paid for the training through your regular paycheck, over the eight weeks of the training. Other than logging your hours on your timesheet, you do not need to take action to receive pay for your time taking the training.
How much time do I spend in class, and online?
Class time is limited to one in-person Skills Lab a week, which ranges in class time from four to six hours. Online time required per week ranges from three to five hours a week. Over eight weeks, you’ll spend 70 hours total.
I want to take the class but already know I’d have to miss a day. Can I still sign up?
Yes. The training includes one make-up day. The make-up day is not required unless you have missed more than one Skills Labs, or if you need to complete Skills Demo Tests or return a computer.
Do I receive a certification when I’m done?
When you finish the training and pass the class, you’ll be a certified Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist and can use this title professionally.
What is included in the curriculum for the class?
Skills Labs will include the following subjects: Person-Centered Care, Problem-solving, Motivational Interviewing, De-escalation, Treatment and Care Plans, Monitoring, Observation, & Reporting, Medication Management, Health Literacy and Client Engagement, and Organizing Care Activities. See the full curriculum description.
Why can’t I register for class already?
In order to be fully enrolled in the Advanced Training program, your client will be contacted to consent to participate in a survey and other activities. Once your client has consented then you’ll be notified that you’re enrolled in the program and are now able to register for a class, if one is scheduled at a location near you. If there’s not currently a class scheduled, you may be contacted when one is scheduled in the future. You can also continue to check back for newly-scheduled classes.
Where is the class located?
Classes are scheduled all over Washington state. As soon as a class is scheduled, the exact location and times are listed. When you login to the training portal, you can choose the time and location that works best for you. Class locations and class schedule will be listed as soon as a class is scheduled.
What does my client get out of this training?
Your client will benefit from your additional caregiving knowledge. The “soft skills” you’ll learn are also designed to help you interact effectively and positively, with caregiving goals in mind. There are also some skills that can help more directly, such as medication management and working with treatment and care plans.
I’m a parent provider, and I’ve been taking care of my son/daughter for years. Why would I want to take this training?
The knowledge and familiarity you have with your family member is irreplaceable. This training includes skills that may still benefit your caregiving and add to your knowledge, including Problem-solving, De-escalation, Treatment and Care Plans, Medication Management, Health Literacy and Client Engagement, and Organizing Care Activities. To hear more about the course, visit our testimonial page. Also, in order to receive a $0.50 pay raise, this training is required.
I already know this stuff… why would I want to take this training?
This training is optional. The reasons caregivers may attend the training include: 1) a $0.50 pay increase, 2) the opportunity to learn advanced caregiving skills that help clients with complex needs, 3) help building a stronger and better relationship with your client, and 4) a boost in your caregiving career.
The only way to receive the pay increase is to complete and pass the training, and become a certified Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist.
The Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist training was designed for a specific purpose. Clients and caregivers alike benefit from this training that helps build caregiving skills for clients with complex needs.
What caregivers are saying about the Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist Training:
“I just finished the advanced homecare aide training today, and if everyone had the opportunity to take this class, the world would probably be a much better place. Who knew, even though we believed we are good and caring people, that we still had so much more work to do?! This class has literally changed my worldview. Please make this available for everybody.”
“The training helped me to be more confident, know more about problem-solving, and be able to communicate better with my client.”
“I found things out about my son that I never knew before.”
“I really liked learning about the person-centered approach, and how to use conflict resolution.”
“The one-page personal profile is awesome. It helps other people on the care team see how the client expresses themselves.”
Hear more from Linda Lee, Advanced Home Care Aide Specialist:
“When you take advanced training you get the confidence to know you’re doing the right thing; that you’re making a difference in someone’s life.”